This project seeks to develop a comprehensive planning, monitoring and assessment tool for the Depart- ment of Water Resources, Madhya Pradesh Govt.’s pilot project on participatory irrigation management supported by the India Canada Environment Facility. The workshops will combine participatory techniques with computer mapping and electronic data storage.
The overall goal of the project is to set up a in-house spatial decision support system for MP-PIM project supported by ICEF. This will improve the planning, monitoring, assessment and thus the implementation of the Madhya Pradesh Participatory Irrigation Management Project through appropriate use of informa- tion technology, particularly spatial decision support systems.
Many of the participants in the workshops were first time computer users, this included farmers who were members of water users associations. Other participants were engineers and development professionals working in local NGOs.